1861 – William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet of the Confederation group who was considered the unofficial poet laureate of Canada.
1876 – Vidyagauri Nilkanth, Indian Gujarati author, politician, translator, social worker, and reformer.
1878 – John Masefield, English poet, author, and children’s writer who was U.K. Poet Laureate.
1889 – James Daugherty, Newbery Medal-winning American children’s author and illustrator, biographer, artist, and mural painter.
1908 – Julie Campbell Tatham, American author of books for children and adults; she was best known as the creator of the Trixie Belden series, but also created the Ginny Gordon series and wrote books in the Cherry Ames series and other popular franchises.
1911 – Xiao Hong, Chinese writer, poet, and essayist; she was born Zhang Naiying, and also used the pen name Qiao Yin.
1932 – Naguib Surur, Egyptian playwright, poet, and critic who often used folk themes in his work.
1934 – Doris Buchanan Smith, award-winning American author and children’s novelist, best known for her book, A Taste of Blackberries.
1937 – Colleen McCullough, bestselling Australian author, teacher, librarian, and journalist; her best known work is the novel The Thorn Birds.
1943 – Kuki Gallmann, bestselling Italian-born Kenyan author, poet, conservationist, and activist and author of the memoir I Dreamed of Africa.
1956 – Mircea Cărtărescu, Romanian poet, novelist, short-story writer, literary critic, and essayist.
1977 – Guzel Yakhina, award-winning Russian author, screenwriter, and translator.